archiving as opposed to backing up

From: Roger Merchberger <>
Date: Thu Sep 23 02:11:08 2004

Rumor has it that Teo Zenios may have mentioned these words:
>...People today have no reason to build
>egyptian type pyramids, and we can build them if we wanted to with our
>present technology.

But not with our present labor force. A *lot* of slaves were needed to
build the pyramids, great wall of China, etc.

> The Egyptians did leave alot of records on how they were
>built and organised but archeologists are still not 100% sure how everything
>was done and spend time and effort figuring it out and quite a few people
>like reading about the finds and new ideas on how things were done. Our
>computers are going to be the pyramids of the 3000's, not needed for their
>society (in our crude forms)...

Says who? If an global EMP pops all of the 486+ machines, but the older
tech survives, it would be a lot more important for people to not have to
take an extra 50 years to figure it out again.

Do I have a historical reference to this? Sure.

Over 2000 years ago, the ancient Romans & Greeks *knew* the Earth was round
and orbited the sun. However, it seems all references to that knowledge was
unavailable by the 1st millennium, when people once again thought the world
was flat, and stayed that way for over 500 years. Had they access to the
Roman and Greek libraries (assuming they existed, but I'd bet they kept
their written documents somewhere) who knows what tech. advances (or wars
averted) would have been possible.

> but a few people will be putting the puzzle
>together just to see what we did and why and alot of people will be
>interested in reading and contemplating the archeologists findings. It
>doesn't have to be intentional. Some of the most basic things we do in life
>that are so obvious to us and never documented will puzzle the hell out of
>people 1000 years from now.

Yea, and if (once again) they think the world is flat & the moon is made of
green cheese, it'll be one hell of a step *backwards* for mankind! Why
should we relegate our progeny to generations of ignorance due to our lack
of planning?

Roger "Merch" Merchberger

Roger "Merch" Merchberger -- sysadmin, Iceberg Computers
What do you do when Life gives you lemons,
and you don't *like* lemonade?????????????
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